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Winter Wildlife Excursions

Wildlife Excursions ArticleWhile wildlife can be spotted on the National Elk Refuge throughout the year, winter offers prime wildlife viewing opportunities.

Winter Wildlife Excursions  

Winter naturalists will lead a number of driving tours on the Refuge Road during the 2016 / 2017 winter season, focusing on a variety of topics and giving participants a behind-the-scenes look at the National Elk Refuge and its wild inhabitants. In addition to traveling along the Refuge Road, the tours will include stops at the historic Miller Ranch and in a management area generally closed to the public behind Miller Butte. The wildlife excursions will be offered each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from December 17 through March 30. Reservations are required for the two-hour tours that run from 1:30–3:30 pm by calling (307) 201-5406. Participants should dress in layers and plan to make frequent stops to exit the vehicle and enjoy views of the landscape and wildlife. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and guide books will be available for use. 

Naturalists are also available at the visitor center to assist anyone interested in traveling on the Refuge Road in their own vehicle. While visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the rich wildlife viewing opportunities during the winter months, several winter travel restrictions are in place to accommodate the amount of multi-use on the busy secondary road and protect wildlife. A Refuge Road Wildlife Viewing Guide is available online or at the visitor center. The wildlife viewing guide lists driving safety and wildlife observation tips and indicates area where parking is allowed on the Refuge Road. Several additional pullouts were added to the Refuge Road during the 2015 summer season.

There are many wildlife viewing companies operating guided tours in the Jackson Hole valley. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce provides a complete listing of companies for your reference. Many of the companies listed have a special use permit to include the Refuge Road as part of their tour package.
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2016
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